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New Year, New Desk!

Happy New Year!

I feel an odd sense of relief now that 2018 is now behind us. It was a tumultuous year in general. I had no luck on the job front, and I had difficulty financially. Then there was the stark realization I spent too much time optimizing my website and the store, and not enough time creating. I get the feeling it was punishing me for having fun during Christmas in 2017.

Here is to 2019! I am a little nervous but the odd numbered years have been treating me better than the even numbered ones as of late. I have a lot of plans provided I do not mess them up.

My Big Update

My main project today was a long time coming. When I graduated from college in December 2013 my mom got me a sweet graduation present. I got a heavy metal and tempered glass studio table! I was saying for a long time I wanted a light table. With some ingenuity I should be able to make it work as a lightbox.

So, I plan on spending 2019 drafting SWMaC 2, practicing more with traditional media, and working on the animation studies again. I wanted to work on markers and watercolor again, however I didn’t have a dedicated clean and flat surface.

I like that it is in front of a window for natural lighting. Right now I am saving up for a webcam and mount for live drawing! There is $25 to go. I am going to upgrade my RAM after the rent and bills dust settles. My friends will likely take me to Micro Center. From there I can dedicate some remainder to this.

2019 Year Goals

I’m not quite sure how to quantify my goals. My Evolving Pre-order stuff (my illustration lineup) will be completely turned over by this time in 2020. I am going to try making a backlog, because I know me, of comic material It will probably be a weekly or twice a week update schedule. I also want to get through a couple requests or potential commissions, and maybe get some others. I’m not concerned about a follower count, but I would like a few more really interactive ones.

Looking forward to a new roaring 20s! Hopefully no economic crash at the end of it… Bring on the electro-jazz!

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Happy Holidays

Christmas 2018 wip 1

Happy Holidays, everyone!  Christmas is creeping up soon for me.  I also hear Hanukkah started at the same time.

Art and Personal Stuff

I’ve been doing a little personal reflection as of late.  I feel I do need to make an apology about my drop in creativeness after a productive winter.  It looks like I forgot I was an artist first, and a web person second or even third or so.  Art kinda got shoved to the side, and it made me a bit sad.  I was focusing too much on e-commerce, and not on what brought my friends to my page.  Though I am proud of my expansion.

That being said I am trying to make some last minute rights in the fourth quarter.  I did make a holiday caricature for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  The Christmas art is even in progress!

Christmas 2018 wip 1

There is also seriousness with getting SWMaC2 off the ground.  It’s going to be a non sequitur with overarching fictional biography and other tales throughout.  Each one will get their own release upon completion.  I plan on redoing the opening pages with a comic form of the plans for the comic.  From there I have the little guys!

Hopefully my time management will improve.  I feel compelled to stream all of my arting.

Store Stuff

I also have a small coupon code running for anybody looking to get gifts!  It is for 10% off your whole order on anything in the store.  You simply need to use the code holi2018.

Order Deadlines

With a little luck I’ll be investing in my own printer in the near future.  I may use my tax return.  I was tired of sending files to a company, for my prints to arrive dark or banded.  If I’m super lucky I’ll even try finding space for a holographic laminate roller.

See you later and Happy Holidays!

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How Should I Achieve These Prints?

Today’s post deals with the special finishes I want for some prints in my shop.  Before we get to it I do have a couple small updates.

I’m holding a 4th of July sale!  With the code happy4th18 orders $10 or more get 25% off.  That is my biggest discount ever!  The coupon counts towards the entire store, which includes preorder and clearance items.  The sale goes through July 8th.

Starting yesterday orders over $20 now qualify for free shipping.  It also works with coupons, but the amount may need to be post discount.

I added a little new art recently.  When things calm down it’s going to be a continuous thing.

Aside from that I am still trying to complete a gallery piece.  I also have a book cover to work on, and my friends’ movie blog (plug!).  Then back to comics.

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Anyway…

My eventual goal for prints, Artist Alley, and the shop is to print from home.  I felt I’d save a lot of time or wait, and money doing so.  I want to be able to print thumbnails for color control.  Work is done in RGB and I always have the worst time converting to CMYK.  If I had a dedicated profile it would probably be doable.  It’s my biggest hurdle printing from digital files.

I’ve read about using pdf files instead of jpgs.  Have people done this and had success?  I think I did it once and it may have gone better.

I may make the equipment a Patreon goal.  I’m hoping when I reach it I’d have the capacity to warrant printing from home.

I do have a few specific prints to talk about today, as well.

Icy Glare

Icy Glare Version 2

The only special plan I really had for Icy Glare was a special holographic overlay.  I’m having a hard time finding it.  I’m sure I have the know how, but I lack the equipment to do it myself.

The two finishes I had in mind were either snow flurries or a frosted window.  I was always fascinated by frosted windows and their crazy patterns as a kid.  I tried to achieve some of that with the border.  Since I know it can be done, I’d want the overlays to reflect in cool colors only.

*sigh*

Other than that I was wondering about silver ink or foil on the embroidery of Helena’s obi.

Looking Back

Looking Back finishes I want

One of my main pieces and my online avatar.  I actually had some of these effects in mind while I was making the print.  It has two main components: the chrysanthemums of the kimono and the negative space.

If I were ever to make the kimono the chrysanthemum flowers on it would be lined in gold foil.  I want to create this in the print.  A friend of mine (plug!) brought in gold foil for me to try, but we had a sizing issue with the fine lines.

What I decided on for a base was a coating of bronze ink.  I decided on Dr. Ph Martin’s Iridescent Bronze.  The idea was to loosely scratch some on in random areas.  Before it dried I would rag some off (hopefully without smudging).  I wanted it to be a little textured as well.  Another friend of mine suggested gold nail glitter for that.  I may mix gold with copper for the warmer tone I want to achieve.  It’s very fine so I think it will work.

The biggest headache I’ve had is how I would achieve the pearlescent effect of the negative space.  I was looking at Perfect Pearls shimmer spray, but it seems to be sold out on Amazon.  They came out with an alternative called Dylusions Shimmer Spray, which could work.  My final thought was glitter infused mica powder, provided it would work as a light spray.

My only gripe is not having these in front of me to experiment.

The main challenge may be the risk of ruining the print.  I used Catprint for the first batch.  I’m not sure what type they use.  I may be able to minimize risk avoiding alcohol or other solvents, and too heavy of application.

Future Print Finishes or Other Options

I’ve been looking into foil and special papers.  I have already done a few with felt texture paper.  I know Catprint also has shimmer papers in white or cream.  I’ve also been looking at metal prints, pearlescents, wall scrolls, and puzzles.  I’ve been bookmarking recommendations which I can include later.

I feel like I’m trying to achieve something that may be hard to do at the small scale level.

Thoughts or suggestions?  I feel like I’m making this much harder than it needs to be.  I’m also curious about the demand for these special finishes.

When I do have my solution I will write another post detailing my finds or process.

I also wanted to get into casting.  One idea I had was Mr. Snail magnets or ornaments.  I also had an idea for Triune portrait coasters or medallions.

The blog will return with: My PC Build

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Announcing a sale!

Preparing to Fight - Print Detail

Hi, everyone!

I’m holding a sale the entirety of Cyber Week after Thanksgiving on my Etsy store! I aptly added the CyberSet. The entire week will have free standard domestic shipping. On Monday only is a day of an extra 20% off! If you need the link to my Etsy store you can find it here! https://www.etsy.com/shop/akaneArt

I am also waiting to hear back from Ohayocon any day now. I’ll be sure to announce when I get the news.

Annie

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Store(s) Overhaul – New Prints Coming Soon!

Hello, folks!

A lot has been going on including more job hunting and a possible move next month.

Right as of now I’m focusing my efforts on the long put-off work for Comics vs Art II.  I got Normal Rockwell’s Soda Jerk.  For my rendition I was hoping to make a goofy scene with some of the Nox characters.

When I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming animation practice, more pin-ups and illustrations, and the self-referential webcomic are back on!  I have been working on more drawings and sketches for my queue.  I plan on using Twitch.

The last big announcement is that prints of some of my new work are coming!!!  They will be available on my Storenvy and a new Tictail store.  I also made a new product of just the bookmarks to make the shipping fairer.

Soon holographic paper (on select prints), 3D anaglyphic (on select prints), edits, and other sized will become available!

Annie

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I’m now on Redbubble! Also doing side things for my next AA

I’m on Redbubble!  It’s a platform similar to Zazzle and Cafepress, but I hear it’s super friendly to artists.  So far it seems to be pretty good.  I think some of the products need new templates.  However, I do like the platform’s simplicity.

I’m also currently working on a form that I plan on publishing on this site and multiple other platforms.  I’m using it to see what may work at my next Artist Alley.  I’ll have a work shown, and a series of options.  There will be two sections.  1. What artwork should have what merchandise.  2. Should I take this artwork out of my main lineup (older prints).  I may also add a section for also diving in to charms, shirts, etc.

It may take a while…

See everybody later!

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Been working on art again

I got to hang out with the wonderful, and wonderfully talented, Elentori a while back.  I got to use her Cintiq for a bit.  When I finished the drawing and got the colors in, she did a good chunk of correcting and shading.  I finished it at home.

This was the result:

Helena collab with Elentori
Helena collab with Elentori

The other night I did a spontaneous stream that went for about 3 hours.  I took a small break about 2/3 of the way through to walk and make tea.  I drew another OC, Reya.  I’m going to off-screen or in another stream do corrections and finish it up.

Reya - wip
Reya – wip

She’s already red-lined.  Well, green-lined in this case.

I’m hoping to keep this going, especially with what I plan to get for my tax return.  😉

If I can finally get around to doing it, I will also finally get started on ‘So We’re Making a Comic! – Trying to get A(head)’!  My writer for ‘Syrens’ and myself have been discussing things we can do with the story to give it more character.  He’s suggesting a steampunk world.  It would change the tone I think, but I think a cannon AU would be fun instead.

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Updates and updates

First, I want to share my condolences with anybody from France, and especially Paris, after the events of Friday.  I hope that you can stand tall and proud as recovery slowly begins.

On the creative front:

I’m trying to do at least one creative thing a day.  This could include doing some practice sketches or painting ideas, actual drawings or paintings, or writing.  I’m currently writing a novel version of Syrens so my friend and writer has something to work with based on my original vision and his feedback.

I’m also hoping to start a script or page layouts for the SWMaC stream of consciousness comic soon.  I don’t know if I’ll have much time for things till after Christmas.  I hope to start something early in 2016.  I do foresee at least one, or even two, recurring stories which may get reprinted as standalone things if there’s demand for it,

I’ve also finally gotten progress done on the commission.  The people and the foreground have a lot of detail, but the surrounding area is very sketchy.

I’m hoping to start my gaming channel again soon.  I’ve been having issues getting footage to work on my arthritic laptop (it does what it can).  However, my mom will be coming down for Thanksgiving and she should be bringing my desktop down to me.  There’s an issue of wi-fi or similar way of getting a connection, though.  I think I can connect two together and string them very carefully with command hooks to the third floor.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get in another post before Thanksgiving.  So, I hope it’s alright to wish everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Annie

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Practiced on something

I think I may have rushed this, or it’s good it took me so little time.  This spontaneous sketch has become what the next images will show.

CyberBlue sketch

CyberBlue sketchwip2

CyberBlue quarterport inked

I should really take more progress/process shots…

CyberBlue cellshade

Ta-da!  A cell shaded work!  This almost looks like it belongs in Maison Ikkoku or Bubblegum Crisis or something.  xD  I was thinking of hanging on to the line art for whenever I get to this girl’s story in the whatever-I-feel-like sequel to SWMaC!

Onward to the commission!

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Trying to get back in the groove

You can check out a new sketch on my deviantArt or my patreon page!  If you are a patron of at least $5 a month the clean line art will be available for practice.

I’m also doing studies for a commission.  I want to take my time on it since it is for a close friend of the family.  I’m going to dig around for some larger paper tomorrow for the final drawing.  It will be colored digitally.

Annie